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Live musical accompaniment by Stephen Horne
Sat, Nov 22, 4:00
Teinosuke Kinugasa, best known for his legendary debut, A
PAGE OF MADNESS, builds upon the earlier film’s deserved
reputation as a landmark of cinematic expressionism with this
visually dazzling tale of lust and madness. The story follows a
young man’s descent from infatuation to obsession for a geisha
he meets in Tokyo’s Yoshiwara pleasure district, and his sister’s
self-sacrificing efforts to save him from himself. Kinugasa, who
had retreated to safer commercial-minded jidai-geki (period
pieces) after giving his more daring cinematic aesthetics full rein
with A PAGE OF MADNESS, described CROSSWAYS as a
"chanbara (samurai film) without swordfights."
DIR/SCR/PROD Teinosuke
Kinugasa. Japan, 1928, b&w, 74 min. NOT RATED
90th Anniversary!
Newly restored DCP!
FREE Screening!
Live musical accompaniment by Stephen Horne
Sun, Nov 23, 4:00
Co-presented with the National Gallery of Art
The official footage of Mallory and Irvine’s tragic 1924
expedition, recorded by Captain John Noel under extreme
conditions using a hand-cranked camera, was preserved in
the British Film Institute’s National Archive. Working with Noel’s
daughter Sandra, the British Film Institute last year restored this
documentary, repairing damaged footage and bringing back
the dramatic tints and tones of the first release.
Noel. UK, 1924, b&w, 85 min. NOT RATED
Live musical accompaniment by Hesperus
Tickets $15/$12 AFI Members/$7 Children under 12
Sat, Nov 8, 2:00
Allan Dwan directs Douglas Fairbanks in one of the best of
his swashbuckling epics. Filmed on a massive recreation of
12th-century Nottingham (formerly the Jesse Hampton studio in
Santa Monica), this version notably begins with Fairbanks as a
landed aristocrat, the Earl of Huntington, who only takes up his
outlaw persona “Robin Hood” after returning from the Crusades
to find King Richard’s throne usurped by Prince John and the
populace subjected to cruelty and deprivations. Hearty Alan
Hale plays Little John, a role he would reprise in Warner Bros.'
celebrated 1938 version starring Errol Flynn.
DIR Allan Dwan; SCR/PROD
Douglas Fairbanks. US, 1922, b&w, 135 min. incl. a 15-min. intermission. NOT RATED
Live musical accompaniment by Alloy Orchestra
Tickets $15/$12 AFI Members
Fri, Nov 14, 7:15
Swedish master Victor Sjöström (THE WIND) wrings great
pathos from Lon Chaney at his most operatically, existentially
pained, portraying a brilliant scientist who suffers the dual trauma
of having his dreams shattered by a failed invention and his
heart broken by a faithless wife. Now a broken man, Chaney
joins the circus as a very, very sad clown, who specializes in
being the butt of jokes in a cruel slapstick revue. With Norma
Shearer and John Gilbert, this film was an early example of
MGM star packaging, pioneered by young production chief
Irving Thalberg.
DIR/SCR/PROD Victor Sjöström; SCR Carey Wilson, adapted from the play
by Leonid Andreyev; PROD Irving Thalberg. US, 1924, b&w, 95 min. NOT RATED
Live musical accompaniment by Alloy Orchestra
Tickets $15/$12 AFI Members
Sat, Nov 15, 3:30
The final film of Rudolph
Valentino before his
untimely death at age 31
was this superior sequel
to the star’s 1921 smash
hit THE SHEIK. Here,
Valentino plays the dual
roles of that film’s hero
and his son Ahmed,
whose love for dancing
girl Yasmin (Vilma Bánky)
makes him vulnerable
to the depredations of
her mountebank father
(George Fawcett) and
his bandit boss (Montagu
DIR/PROD George Fitzmaurice;
SCR Frances Marion, Fred De Gresac, from
the novel by Edith Maude Hull. US, 1926, b&w, 68 min. NOT RATED
Live musical accompaniment by Ben Model
Introduction by film historian Steve Massa
Sat, Nov 15, 6:00
THE MISHAPS OF MUSTY SUFFER was a series of 30
comedy shorts from 1916 and 1917. It was popular,
successful and well-reviewed, and yet it is almost completely
forgotten today. Playing Musty Suffer was Ziegfield Follies
comic and former clown Harry Watson, Jr. The films are
hilarious, full of cartoony and surreal settings and slapstick,
and have a circus influence. This program presents four of the
best surviving Musty shorts in new HD transfers from master
material preserved by the Library of Congress. Accompanist/
historian Ben Model produced the Musty Suffer DVD which
was released in April 2014.
Total program approx. 75 min.
Silent Comedy Shorts Program
Live musical accompaniment by Ben Model
Sat, Nov 15, 8:00
Silent cinema musician and maven Ben Model will
accompany and introduce this selection of comedy shorts
drawn from the collection of David Shepard and Serge
Bromberg’s Lobster Films. The program includes Fleischer
Studio cartoons, Georges Méliès’ innovative camera trickery
and several silent comedians, both iconic (Buster Keaton) and
obscure (Charlie Chase, Charlie Bowers).
Total program appox. 90 min.
#18 on AFI's 100 Years…100 Laughs
Live musical accompaniment by the Columbia Orchestra,
score by Andrew Simpson
Tickets $15/$12 AFI Members/$7 Children under 12
Fri, Nov 21, 7:15; Sat, Nov 22, 7:15
When the Civil
War breaks out,
railroad engineer
Buster Keaton
tries to join the
Confederate army
to make his fiancée
proud. Deeming
his profession
a valuable
Southern asset,
the army rejects
him — and so
does she. But after Union spies steal his beloved locomotive
(and his girl along with it), Keaton springs into daring action.
Keaton's deadpan drollery, pitch-perfect comedic timing and
his incredible physical talent and bravery make this one of the
greatest silent-era comedies.
DIR/SCR/PROD Buster Keaton; DIR/SCR Clyde
Bruckman; PROD Joseph M. Schenck. US, 1926, b&w, 75 min. NOT RATED
90th Anniversary!
Live musical accompaniment by Andrew Simpson
Sat, Nov 22, 1:00
John Ford tells the story of the building of the transcontinental
railroad as an epic adventure, with idealistic railroad surveyor
George O’Brien seeking to realize the dream of his railroad
man father James Gordon, killed years before in a Cheyenne
raid. Charles Edward Bull appears as President Abraham
Lincoln (his two credited screen appearances were both as
Honest Abe), who attends the ceremonial driving of the Golden
Spike at Promontory Point.
DIR/PROD John Ford; SCR Charles Kenyon, John Russell.
US, 1924, b&w, 150 min. NOT RATED
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